Holiday Decorations Tour at the Disney Hotels
I took a bus trip with Goodtime Getaways in Vero Beach, Florida to visit Orlando’s Disney hotels for a holiday decorations tour. The hotel lobbies were dressed in their best Christmas attire. The cost was $71 per person, which included transportation to the hotels and to Celebration, Florida for their holiday festivities. Lunch at Disney Springs’ Rain Forest Cafe, formerly Downtown Disney, was included. It was quite a fun holiday decorations tour that really kicked-off the season.
Disney’s Gorgeous Grand Floridian
We began our Goodtime Getaways holiday decorations tour at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. We were given an hour to explore the stunning array of holiday decor. Since it was raining, we did not get to explore outside, but the inside was abuzz with Victorian charm. The Grand Floridian Resort had a life-sized gingerbread house that consisted of 1,050 pounds of honey, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 800 pounds of flour, 700 pounds of chocolate, and more! I had just watched the preparation of the gingerbread house on a TV show the night before my visit. Children dressed as Disney Princesses waited in line at the Garden View Tea Room for their elegant afternoon tea party. Everything was beautiful!
Disney’s Rustic Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge had a rustic theme, with red & black bows, nature themed ornaments, and animal antlers. There are a total of nine giant Christmas trees. The tree in the lobby was my favorite. The Wilderness Lodge has a cozy vibe and beautiful fireplaces; but still, I prefer the Victorian elegance of the Grand Floridian. An hour was a bit too much at this hotel considering the smaller size of the Wilderness Lodge’s common areas. During our wait, my friend, Dorothy, and I grabbed a chicken salad snack and drink.
Lunch Outing at the Rainforest Cafe
Since Disney Springs was undergoing major construction, lunch was quite a debacle. Since we were not a Disney bus, Goodtime Getaways was not permitted to use the Disney bus loops. We had to walk a mile in the pouring rain to get to the Rainforest Cafe. Once inside, the restaurant did a great job of serving our large group from a selection of five choices. The food and service at the Rainforest Cafe were commendable! Many of the bus tour participants were upset with Goodtime Getaways over the fiasco, but we continued with the tour.
The Brilliant BoardWalk Inn
The third hotel was the turn-of-the-century Atlantic City themed BoardWalk Inn. I had not been to this hotel before. The BoardWalk Inn was beautifully decorated with bold primary colored decorations and the fireplace in the lobby held ornate garlands. A hotel lobby kiosk sold cupcake-style goodies in a gingerbread cone. There were also other gingerbread items for sale. I took home a $20 gingerbread house kit for my daughter, which required your own icing. The pre-assembled house sold for $40. I enjoyed the ambiance and decor of the BoardWalk Hotel a lot.
Skipping Christmas in Celebration
Due to our delay at the Rain Forest Cafe, our group voted on whether or not to go to another hotel or visit the town of Celebration, Florida. Though majority of us voted to see Celebration, Goodtime Getaways decided not to go after all. It was barely drizzling; definitely not a reason to cancel this big portion of our tour. I was disappointed that almost half our trip was cancelled, though the parts we did had been enjoyable. It is worth noting that Goodtime Getaways did nothing to reimburse us for our missed portion of the trip.
Check Out Holiday Hotel Decorations
Walt Disney World was packed this time of year! It seemed that many other people had the same idea and enjoyed the hotels’ holiday decorations along with us. I hope to do a modified tour like this again next year. I would also like to visit hotels in Orlando outside of the Disney realm.
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